Our mission is to impart our excitement and enthusiasm for clinical endocrinology and discoveries in research to our fellows. We aim to build a solid foundation to launch a successful career in academic endocrinology. Our training program spans over three years, with the first year dedicated to achieving excellence in clinical care, while the following two years are dedicated primarily to research training either basic, translational, or clinical.
The clinical training environment is outstanding. We enjoy the resources of the large county hospital, Parkland Memorial Hospital, plus, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and UT Southwestern University Hospitals for our trainees' exposure to the broad spectrum of hormonal and metabolic disorders.
The research training environment at our institution fosters development of physician-scientists. UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of the best medical research institutions in the world and our fellows pursue their interests ranging from molecular biology to clinical trials under the tutelage of a distinguished faculty. Such faculty include five Nobel Laureates and numerous members of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, many of whom are involved with our fellowship training and have mentored prior endocrinology fellows. During the first year of training each fellow chooses an area of research which they pursue during the following two years, under the guidance of their chosen research mentor(s).
The Endocrinology Division at UT Southwestern enjoys a rich tradition of excellence in research, scholarship, clinical practice, and in the application of new knowledge to improve the health of patients. The history of our division and the endocrinology fellowship program dates back over 60 years, with many of the founding faculty still actively engaged in the training of the fellows and providing a unique and highly valued perspective on all aspects of endocrinology. We currently have 25 dedicated faculty members actively involved in the clinical training of the fellowship program, many of whom also serve as research mentors.
Several additional training opportunities exist at UT Southwestern which our fellows may take advantage of. These include the Clinical Scholars Program, Masters in Clinical Sciences Program, Certificate in Clinical Sciences courses, Master in Healthcare Management, and Masters in Public Health.
What You Should Expect
Your experience at UT Southwestern will provide comprehensive and rigorous clinical training in Endocrinology and Metabolism leading to American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) subspecialty certification. This clinical training is pursued intensely in the first year, while continuity clinics and other specialized training experience take place through all three years of the program.
In the second and third years of training we provide in-depth training in a research discipline in the area of your choosing. The process of selection of each student’s research mentor begins in the first year of training, with exposure to areas of active inquiry and beginning to refine particular interests. Faculty assist in selecting projects and mentors.
The research experience is intended to provide solid preparation for a career in academic endocrinology. This includes attendance and presentation of student work at national meetings, and publication of that work in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. Expect open access to all faculty members in a training environment where all are learners. Expect an honest and constructive evaluation of your work and solid career guidance. Expect to work hard, and to have fun.